Drugs Offences

Home Department written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Minister of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests have been made, (b) convictions have been obtained and (c) cautions have been issued in each police force area in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available for offences relating to (i) possession of and (ii) dealing in (A) Class A, (B) Class B and (C) Class C drugs.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

holding answer 9 February 2004

Data on the number of persons arrested for possession and dealing of drugs by police force area are currently not available. However, we do have the figures for the number of persons cautioned and found guilty for possession and dealing of drugs by police force area for 2002. These are set out in the following tables.

The information is taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings and Cautions Database and relates to persons cautioned and found guilty for possession and dealing in drugs.

Table 1: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for possession of controlled drugs in England and Wales by Police Force Area, 2002
Class A Class B Class C
Force Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty
England
Avon and Somerset 171 192 1,005 306 3 4
Bedfordshire 7 62 104 80 1 0
Cambridgeshire 71 100 339 108 0 3
Cheshire 43 161 331 518 0 1
Cleveland 48 267 267 434 1 1
Cumbria 60 101 354 205 0 2
Derbyshire 16 166 114 252 1 5
Devon and Cornwall 103 361 814 596 4 2
Dorset 31 195 283 319 2 2
Durham 54 123 439 316 5 6
Essex 64 167 616 598 1 1
Gloucestershire 127 128 461 239 0 0
Greater Manchester 164 381 1,608 1,245 4 7
Hampshire 154 285 960 315 1 371
Hertfordshire 85 84 530 287 0 0
Humberside 33 98 277 320 6 13
Kent 85 289 888 905 2 6
Lancashire 127 391 900 874 2 4
Leicestershire 6 221 100 380 0 6
Lincolnshire 22 154 218 261 0 2
London, City of 31 23 448 55 1 0
Merseyside 111 288 1,072 1,377 12 1
Metropolitan Police 595 2,361 10,612 5,795 31 9
Norfolk 43 150 358 278 1 1
Northamptonshire 66 60 440 73 1 3
Northumbria 603 461 1,898 1,315 25 20
North Yorkshire 5 77 50 155 0 2
Nottinghamshire 39 275 429 351 0 2
South Yorkshire 78 376 422 672 2 5
Staffordshire 209 194 1,071 258 2 2
Suffolk 58 98 417 230 5 1
Surrey 44 103 757 330 0 0
Sussex 180 177 1,129 441 4 3
Thames Valley 142 334 867 712 2 3
Warwickshire 41 55 290 80 0 2
West Mercia 153 141 906 211 6 1
West Midlands 228 861 2,218 1,794 5 8
West Yorkshire 156 583 1,015 956 1 2
Wiltshire 18 104 192 181 0 0
Wales
Dyfed Powys 109 168 1,300 514 3 11
Gwent 34 147 636 272 5 3
North Wales 95 119 707 308 5 1
South Wales 54 336 640 1,223 5 17
England and Wales total 4,563 11,417 38,482 26,139 149 533
Table 2: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for possession of controlled drugs in England and Wales by month, 2002
Class A Class B Class C
Month Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty
January 361 1,093 2,836 2,238 12 64
February 323 1,043 2,722 1,984 12 45
March 422 909 3,058 2,081 12 48
April 348 978 3,129 2,101 12 31
May 346 995 3,428 2,478 14 41
June 393 824 3,059 1,827 6 48
July 424 995 3,677 2,387 15 49
August 374 906 3,157 2,180 22 28
September 352 880 3,372 2,054 8 44
October 405 1,025 3,425 2,565 9 53
November 410 986 3,303 2,362 15 45
December 405 783 3,316 1,882 12 37
Annual 4,563 11,417 38,482 26,139 149 553
Table 3: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for the dealing(14) of controlled drugs in England and Wales by month, 2002
Class A Class B Class C
Month Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty
January 14 583 81 331 2 5
February 18 590 72 327 3 5
March 19 580 86 287 1 2
April 14 542 75 298 0 10
May 11 620 97 310 4 7
June 22 417 74 258 7 9
July 25 583 120 358 5 5
August 19 448 113 338 0 9
September 12 464 117 378 5 10
October 13 483 104 360 3 13
November 22 591 108 332 1 8
December 17 420 86 268 0 5
Annual 206 6,321 1,133 3,845 31 88

(14) Dealing includes; unlawful production, unlawful supply, possession with intent to supply and unlawful import or export.

Table 4: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for the dealing(15) of controlled drugs in England and Wales by Police Force Area, 2002
Class A Class B Class C
Force Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty Cautioned Guilty
England
Avon and Somerset 5 122 52 75 0 0
Bedfordshire 0 55 10 23 0 0
Cambridgeshire 3 63 6 41 0 0
Cheshire 0 102 2 43 0 1
Cleveland 9 126 17 50 0 5
Cumbria 1 56 7 37 0 2
Derbyshire 2 136 10 57 0 0
Devon and Cornwall 4 137 65 126 0 0
Dorset 2 55 9 37 0 0
Durham 1 66 4 56 0 4
Essex 2 96 14 91 0 1
Gloucestershire 21 36 41 17 0 0
Greater Manchester 1 316 44 254 16 5
Hampshire 12 117 46 108 2 2
Hertfordshire 3 61 15 42 0 0
Humberside 0 115 21 60 0 5
Kent 12 123 23 106 0 1
Lancashire 0 254 27 115 0 2
Leicestershire 0 71 1 68 0 1
Lincolnshire 1 40 17 36 1 0
London, City of 1 10 3 5 0 0
Merseyside 0 241 7 64 0 0
Metropolitan Police 33 1,423 179 720 0 6
Norfolk 3 60 16 54 0 1
Northamptonshire 7 37 1 27 0 0
Northumbria 10 193 44 136 4 12
North Yorkshire 1 52 13 52 0 0
Nottinghamshire 2 130 25 84 1 1
South Yorkshire 1 145 10 94 0 2
Staffordshire 3 123 11 74 0 1
Suffolk 0 35 40 42 1 0
Surrey 3 55 37 32 0 1
Sussex 2 379 38 154 2 0
Thames Valley 1 129 19 104 0 0
Warwickshire 1 27 11 20 0 0
West Mercia 3 100 41 56 1 1
West Midlands 13 301 47 237 0 0
West Yorkshire 31 333 63 113 1 23
Wiltshire 0 55 13 30 0 1
Wales
Dyfed Powys 6 63 44 71 0 1
Gwent 3 61 17 42 1 2
North Wales 1 45 12 46 0 0
South Wales 2 177 11 146 1 7
England and Wales total 206 6,321 1,133 3,845 31 88

(15) Dealing includes; unlawful production, unlawful supply, possession with intent to supply and unlawful import or export.

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